Terrorism and Karachi Operations: Still a Long Way to Go

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Friday, 20 November 2015 16:23

To curb terrorism in Karachi, Pakistan an extensive ‘operation’ against criminal elements was started last year September when the federal cabinet empowered Rangers.

On May 14, 2015, the Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif chaired a high-level apex committee meeting that implemented effective policing and surveillance in the "vast suburbs of Karachi", to prevent "sneak attacks'.

Rangers lead a targeted advance in liasion with police against terrorist already identified by federal military and civilian agencies for their alleged involvement in targeted killings, kidnappings for ransom, extortion and terrorism in Karachi.

According to reports, the law enforcement agencies are aware of a number of banned militant outfits operating in Karachi to include Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Sipah-e-Muhammad, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Tehreek-e-Taliban Swat, Tehreek-e-Taliban Mohmand, Tehreek-e-Taliban Shaheryar, al-Qaeda, Jamaatul Ahrar, Jundullah and Foreign Militant Organisation. These militant organizations are being operated by 66 commanders, the report suggested.

The amount of ammunition and support present for that many terrorist organization to be working in Karachi can only be imagine.

National Counter Terrorism Department claims that there remain at least seven cells of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi active in Karachi namely; Al Alami, Asif Chotoo group, Akram Lahori group, Naeem Bukhari group, Qari Zafar group, Qari Shakeel group, and Farooq Bengali group. In particular, the Naeem Bukhari and Asif Chotoo Group are in close contact with IS operatives leading coordinated sectarian and LEA targeting.

On guarantee of anonimity, a source privy to an Intelligence agency confirmed most of the outfits in Karachi to have pledged allegiance to self-styled Islamic State (Daesh) on promises of financial and military backing. The government, on the other hand, has denied any allegation of the same whatsoever.

Intel Agencies in Karachi have worked extensively to infiltrate the network and have made substantial efforts to nip their terrorist activities. In the advent, they have made multiple arrests, and made astounding developments.

Private Hospitals, Welfare Organizations and High-Profile members of Politicial parties are found involved in terror-financing these militants.

Neighboring countries have vested interest in the region and are in full support of these proscribed outfits.

If one can recall the Joint Investigation Team report on Tahir Hussain Minhas, the mastermind of safoora incident. He confessed of establishing his own group linked with Daesh, revealed that the group was receiving funds from different countries, including Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

His confession stated that his group comprised at least 53 members, who previously belonged to different militant outfits, including Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and alQaeda.”

Statistics though mention a reduction of 60% in crime ratio as compared in the past two years sp. after the commencement of Karachi Operations, yet every now and then we tend to find policemen, traffic police, rangers or political worker being targeted in the streets of Karachi.

People of Karachi are yet to receive any news on the arrests made by Law Enforcement Agencies. 'Justice Delay is Justice Denied'.

A poll suggests 70% of Karachi'tes in favor of capital punishment for militant activities across Pakistan. 

So far the hangings recorded are given to death-row convicts from the era 1990 to 2000. Those who have already been imprisoned half their lives and had given-up on receiving capital punishment in their case. They only started pleading innocence and mercy after Army Public School Peshawar Incident when the moratorium was lifted by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, till then the jail facilities comforted them without complain.

Last few years have brought in many a changes in the region, with Talibanization on the rise and their rifts bringing in new factions with ulterior motives and vest interest in Pakistan. The said has harmed Pakistan and not only the security agencies but masses have paid a price.

Extensive terrorist incidents, barbaric events, horrendous massacres were witnessed. Perpetrators involved, some killed, some caught, are yet to receive any definitive verdict.

Pakistan, sp Karachi'ites, to have suffered the most, wait for the authorities to set an example. An example which will send out a message for militants to have second thoughts. Law enforcement agencies (LEA) were to secure the interest of the masses providing them with a condusive environment, with militancy scared to venture. Instead masses are the one scared of LEA while Militancy building nursuries in the country.

Karachi Police AIG Mushtaq Maher confirmed existence of terrorist sleeper cells in the metropolis despite arrest of 3,000 hardcore criminals. He said that 246 terrorists, 38 kidnappers and ten extortionists had been killed so far in police encounters.

Rangers spokesman Colonel Amjad maintained that 913 terrorists including 550 target killers were nabbed while 15,400 illegal weapons were recovered from the custody of criminals operating within the city.

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